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The celebs were out for the 'Night at the Museum 3' New York premiere, but there was one star who was missed - the late, great Robin Williams, who plays Teddy Roosevelt in the hugely successful trilogy.
'I know I speak for all of us that we were lucky to be alive to watch this genius work,' director Shawn Levy said before the packed screening at the Ziegfeld Theater. 'We got to see what he created, and to those of us who got to work alongside him, that's something that we'll never stop being grateful for.'
Addressing Williams' widow, Susan Schneider, who was in the audience, the Canadian-born director told how one night, filming in the British Museum and surrounded by 'the Rosetta Stone and all this incredibly cool stuff,' he was feeling harried until the 'Mrs. Doubtfire' actor tapped him on the shoulder and said, 'Hey boss, look what we get to do.'
'It was so remarkable that his legend, this man had such a vivid wonder,' Levy said.
On the red carpet, Levy said he's treated like a rock star whenever he visits the Museum of Natural History on the Upper West Side, where part of the movie takes place.
'I might get closer to VIP treatment at that museum than any restaurant in all of Hollywood,' he admitted. 'They are very grateful for what the movies have done for their institution.'
The star of the film, Ben Stiller, who brought his wife, Christine Taylor, and two kids, confessed to not getting along with one co-star in particular - Dexter the monkey (played by Crystal the monkey).
'He's a pain. You don't hear people talking about other actors on the red carpet like this, but I think ever since he saw 'Planet of the Apes' he has this whole new attitude towards humans that makes it really uncomfortable work with him,' Stiller joked. 'I think he has to understand that we're all in this together, and also he has to stop insisting on the green M&Ms in his trailer and all the riders in his contract.'
(The allegedly difficult capuchin monkey was on the carpet clad in a tuxedo and forced to grin for photos in exchange for dabs of yogurt.) Steve Coogan had nicer things to say about his co-stars, specifically Owen Wilson.
'I get to hang out with my best friend, Owen,' he told us. 'To me it was like a holiday, so it really didn't feel like work. We hung out together, made each other laugh and then occasionally shot some film.'
JUSTICE RIDING HIGH
Victoria Justice was spotted staying cozy in her American Eagle Outfitters puffer vest and Sky High Skinny Jeans in the Flatiron District while aboard the AEO Get Down Party Bus. The actress kept warm on the roof of the double decker bus while eating a street-cart pretzel and trying her hand at deejaying. The bus offers free rides throughout the city, visiting the brand's Manhattan store locations until Dec. 20.
LIFE ON THE STREET
Baby, it's cold outside! Ben Affleck held onto his honey of 10 years, Jennifer Garner, while going for a Mommy-and-Daddy-only stroll in Brentwood, Calif. And we're pretty sure that if this whole acting/directing thing doesn't pan out, the winsome couple could score some work as catalogue models.
No marks on me, Mom! Drake looks none the worse for wear, post-Diddy dustup. The Canadian rapper was spotted checking out a luxury sports car while waiting for hotel staff to unload oodles of his shopping bags from the Webster, a swanky boutique in Miami.
FUNNY BUSINESS WITH WINTOUR
She does laugh! A Confidenti@l spy spotted Anna Wintour giggling up a storm at breakfast at Balthazar. OK, not quite. 'She was having a morning meeting with two guys. She was smiling and laughing a lot,' our source said of the usually straight-faced Vogue editor. 'She looked fabulous, and her hair was perfect. And yes, she was eating.'
NOT SO MAD ABOUT THE BOY
Kelly Bensimon absolutely, definitely doesn't have a crush on Nick Jonas. When we asked the former 'Real Housewife' if her fantasy New Year's kiss would be Harry Styles or Joe Jonas, she said they're both too young. 'If I were 22 years old, Nick Jonas would be like my ultimate crush,' she added at the Tommy Hilfiger and GQ Men of New York event, 'He just, like, looks at me and I get so excited. But since I'm 46, that would not be appropriate.' Got it.
'FROZEN' IN THEIR PJs
It's going to be an Arendelle Christmas over at the O'Donnell house this year. The 'View' co-host told Confidenti@l that the family's matching pajamas are going to have 'a 'Frozen' theme,' which hasn't been easy, because the family has kids ranging from 2 to 19 years old. The funny gal 'fessed up to being 'one of those creepy people that's responsible for all the 'Frozen' mugs and key chains, because I purchase them all.'
RIRI'S DIAMOND JUBILEE
Rihanna and Kim Kardashian displayed ample cleavage at the inaugural Diamond Ball at the Vineyard benefiting the Clara Lionel Foundation. The charity is named after RiRi's late grandmother and her grandfather, who was at the event. The Barbados-born songbird took the stage with an introduction by none other than Brad Pitt. Jimmy Kimmel and Big Sean also attended the bash.
HO, HO, NO-SHOW
Shhh! Don't tell the staffers at Ladurée that Santa doesn't exist. Because, according to them, he's real and he's overbooked. Here's to the best email we received all week: 'Due to a conflict in Santa's schedule Ladurée SoHo will be canceling the Christmas Tree Lighting Fête scheduled on Sunday December 14th. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused in your schedule and hope to see you soon and in the New Year at Ladurée. Happy Holidays!'
SEEN AND HEARD
John Leguizamo, Naughty by Nature's Vin Rock, Big Daddy Kane and comedian Russell Peters at the DL on the Lower East Side following Peters' new show, 'Almost Famous' ... Tanzanian born Wilhelmina model Flaviana Matata and Russell Simmons hosting an event to support the Flaviana Matata Foundation at Beautique ... Lindsay Lohan recording vocals in London for a Duran Duran album ... Nicky Hilton signing her book '365 Style' at Henri Bendel ... Entertainment journalist Jordi Lippe has launched Urban Chi, a holistic health coaching service.